Film opens showing map of Normandy, France. Next, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen seated in a jeep, conversing with an officer, standing nearby, who makes notes in a pad. Lieutenant General Omar Bradley sits in the back of the jeep, and a Major General stands beside the jeep. Other officers stand around in the background. Eisenhower converses with the Major General. Scene shifts to closeup of Lieutenant General George Patton. U.S. B-24 Liberator bombers fly overhead, part of a two thousand plane bombarding the Saint-Lô area on July 25, 1944. Closeup of a B-24 dropping bombs and views of bombs exploding on the ground. American M4 Sherman tanks and infantrymen advancing after the bombardment. U.S. troops riding atop an M8 Greyhound armored cars and M4 tanks. Animated map shows the extent of U.S. advance from Saint-Lô encompassing the entire Breton Peninsula. Then, it shows American forces swinging North and around to the West, trapping German forces at Falaise. A Tiger tank, camouflaged in shrubbery, moving along a road, followed by motorcycle, and trucks full of German soldiers retreating from the trap at Falaise. Brief closeups of German soldiers in some of the vehicles. A German FW-190 fighter-bomber seen flying very fast and low toward the camera. An explosion. British and Canadian soldiers coordinating in the field, further South. A battery of Allied heavy guns firing from camouflaged positions. An American 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 (called M7 Priest by the British) firing from a wooded area. Shells exploding in the distance. German soldiers sheltering from the shelling. Fires burning. Allied jeep driving past knocked out German tanks. A field ambulance leads a long column of German prisoners of war. They march four a breast with hands clasped over their heads. A convoy of Allied heavy duty trucks bringing supplies from beachheads to the front lines. (World War 2; WW II; WW2)
Battle-weary American soldiers attend an open air chuch service by a barn in Normandy. U.S. gunners commence a concerted artillery barrage before tanks and infantry advance toward Saint Lo, France, in World War 2. Various artillery and tanks are seen, including one M4 Sherman Crab Tank (Mine sweeper). P-47s, flying low altitude close support missions, bomb a critical target, and troops move ahead on the way to Saint Lo. Two German soldiers run to surrender. Saint Lo falls. Scenes of the devastation in the city.
American soldiers enter St. Lo, France during World War II. American soldiers patrol the street leading to St. Lo, France. A sign reads ' Saint Lo' 134th Regiment soldiers of United States 35th Infantry Division move cautiously along the hedgerows. An infantry man crouched near the hedgerow.
American soldiers enter St. Lo, France during World War II. American soldiers patrol the street leading to St. Lo, France. They move past a sign that reads 'Saint Lo' 134th Regiment soldiers of United States 35th Infantry Division move cautiously along th hedgerows. Soldiers move up a road as they advance.
First United States Army in Saint-Lo, France. American tanks move along a road to Saint-Lo. Trees on both sides of the road. First Army soldiers on the tanks. A German pilot prisoner shakes hands with Captain Richard Kellenbar of Marlborough, Massachusetts. The prisoner and the Captain converse beside a tent. The prisoner sits on a chair outside a tent. A large group of First Army soldiers escort the pilot prisoner. The pilot prisoner with raised hands with the soldiers around him. The pilot prisoner seated on the ground. The prisoner gets into a jeep. A few soldiers get into the jeep. Other soldiers stand around the jeep.
View of Saint Lo town during allied bombings of World War II. CIC patrol moves through ruins of Saint Lo . Patrol searches for deserted buildings though streets. Engineers use mine detectors. An engineer probes for mine.